Random Acts of Rudeness
Today's Random Act of Rudeness comes from James J. McGilvray of Oakton, who was recently at Arlington National Cemetery.
I was there to attend the interment of an acquaintance, a retired military officer. While standing with approximately 30 family members and friends, the folding of the American flag was underway when I observed a young woman in the group texting or twittering on a device. I was close enough to see her fingers moving over the keyboard. I was not close enough to see what was so important that she would choose to use her device rather than remain still and show the respect due the deceased man and his family during the 20 minute graveside service.
I wonder what your opinion is regarding this act. Please keep up the good work. My wife and I (ages 71 and 72) are hopeful that your columns re civility will be read by some of the offenders, that they will see themselves in your reporting and get them to change their ways.What do we think? I wondered if she might have been a reporter. If I'd been there, covering the interment, I probably would have been scribbling in a notebook. Is that disrespectful?
If this woman was doing the digital equivalent of that -- entering text -- is that okay? I think it's more likely the woman was a guest. Texting in that circumstance is very rude, since it suggests you are bored by the proceedings. Should James have said something to the woman?
-- John Kelly
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